Having a famous friend would be a surreal experience for anyone. Now imagine that famous friend is Taylor Swift, she of the mega popular country-pop tunes and over-the-top tours. That would be crazy, even if you're famous yourself.
If you've ever been curious about what it's like to be in Taylor Swift's squad, her closest friends have shared firsthand accounts of having a special bond with someone so instantly recognizable. There are added pressures, to be sure, but in other ways, your squad is your squad, whether you're Taylor Swift or an anonymous citizen. As Taylor's besties describe it, their friendships provide support, warmth, and most of all, fun. They think Taylor Swift is the best.
And Swift reciprocates. She seems to go out of her way to keep her squad somewhat sacred, and when details emerge about what it's like to be friends with Taylor Swift, it's a glimpse into another world. These stories from Taylor Swift's friends also touch on something universal: the unwavering connection people share with their closest pals.
Taylor hit 80 million followers on Instagram making her the second most followed person right behind Selena Gomez! pic.twitter.com/vOzGkphgfQ— Taylor Swift Updates (@TSwiftLA) June 6, 2016
When it comes to sheer star power, Selena Gomez is one of the few squad members who can actually hold a candle to Taylor. But megawattage isn't the point in the squad; it's about the relationship. Gomez and Swift have shared a solid and enduring friendship for years. "I've known her for 10 years," Gomez said. "She's been one of my best friends through thick and thin, walked by my side." Gomez told Glamour:
"Taylor's amazing. She's so smart and sweet and humble – and she's way more successful than I am! So when I see her after everything she's been through and she just wants to go home and bake cookies with me, that to me is awesome."384158Is this insightful?
While the first priority of the squad is surely friendship and support, the gang knows the optics of their relationship are also important. Gigi Hadid discussed the larger implications of the squad in an interview with Elle:
"It's a conversation we often have. We want to be the generation and the group of friends known for supporting each other. 'Squad Goals' is a big social-media thing right now, and that's what we want to inspire in other groups of friends – to be proud of the power you all have when you're together, which can be amplified so much by each person. That's what has been cool about everyone’s willingness to be there for each other."21690Is this insightful?
Ruby Rose has come to Taylor's defense more than once, proving she is a gold-star member of the squad. After Kanye West released a disparaging song about Taylor, Rose tweeted:
"If I put myself in the shoes of the women he has hurt recently... And now my dear friend Taylor. Right before another huge moment for her. Can I still support him and call myself a feminist? A friend? No."
She also jumped to Taylor's defense during another episode in the Swift-Katy Perry feud. When Perry released "Swish Swish," a song assumed to slam her rival, Rose again took to Twitter:
"I just think with everything going on in the world to go from rebranding as political activist only to ditch it and go low... is... a bummer. 'Purposeful poop' to 'bomb a petit' to a sloppy mess of writing over the top of Funkagenda… stop trying to make 'Wit… I mean 'fetch' happen."13353Is this insightful?
Model Karlie Kloss understands the importance of solid friendships, especially solid female friendships, in the show biz jungle. She has called Taylor and the squad "amazing," citing them as a sort of informal support group:
"I think having strong friends – having a support group – is everything. It's so important to have friends that you can rely on, that you can lean on no matter what you’re going through – good times and bad. I feel really lucky I’ve met a lot of amazing, amazing women along the way and I hope that they’ll be in my life forever."14463Is this insightful?